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Desperate to reduce anxiety? Then tapping technique could save you

Emotional freedom technique helps realign your energy

Perhaps you have heard of EFT or ‘tapping’ before, or maybe the headline just caught your attention.

Either way, emotional freedom technique, otherwise known as EFT, is being hailed as a mental health breakthrough that has the power to release you of past traumas.

One of the reasons it is also known as tapping is because this is the action involved in which you carry out the EFT process.

The idea is that you tap on your meridian points, believed to be energy hotspots that flow inside the body, with the action capable of reducing anxiety by clearing out blockages.

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There are said to be nine of these points, starting at the top of the head, moving down to the eyebrow, side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, the chin, collarbone, under the arm, and what is known as the ‘karate chop’ on the inside of the palm.

It is believed that the physical action of tapping chills out the nervous system by interrupting our fight-or-flight response, which typically triggers stress hormones if left alone.

In addition to the tapping, people are encouraged to say positive affirmations during the process to complement the positive flow of energy and conquer emotional blocks.

Speaking about the process, EFT practitioner Nicola Bard said that by tapping, we send calming signals to the amygdala, which activates the stress response in the brain.

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 Nicola said: “These calming signals begin to reduce the effects of cortisol, which produces the physical symptoms of anxiety, signalling to the brain to make us feel safe and more in control.”

Chatting to wellbeing publication Happiful, she added: “Life can be tough, full of uncertainty and worries. But, by tapping regularly, you’ll be in a better position to harness your anxious thoughts, stay grounded, and respond calmly and rationally to whatever comes your way.”

While it might not magic away any combative family members or rid you of an evil boss, EFT is known for helping people achieve an instant sense of relief.

Once you are ready to get started, Nicola recommends putting one hand on your belly and the other on your heart, this will allow you to connect with your body and see how anxiety is manifesting within it, such as butterflies in your belly or tightness in your chest.

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She said: “Rate the intensity of that feeling on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being nothing at all and 10 being the worst it’s ever felt. Now you can set your intention to challenge these feelings of anxiety.”

You are then ready to start and can work through the touch points – it is recommended you tap each point between five and seven times – while saying your affirmations aloud.

If you are new to affirmations, you could try ‘I am enough’ or ‘I’m not always going to feel this way, I just feel this way right now and I set my intention to gently let that go and to begin to relax’.

There is no right or wrong, whatever works best for you.

After completing the process, Nicola recommends you take a breath and, in the words of Frozen’s Elsa, let it go.

She concluded: “Tune in to see how you feel. Check-in on that feeling of stress or anxiety, and notice where it is on the scale now.”

For help on your EFT journey, click here: Nicola Bard.

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